U.S. citizens: Postdoctoral Appointee (Food-Energy-Water systems)

Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM, United States
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What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking a creative and motivated Postdoc with a real passion for exploring coupled Food-Energy-Water (FEW) systems to improve the resilience and reliability of our nation’s critical infrastructure. Are you looking to do innovative and creative research? Do you want to be a member of a high performing team? You could join our dynamic team to use your experience to develop cutting edge solutions by using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to explore creative and unique solutions. You will assume a key role within this high performing and cohesive team that is improving how we integrate models over multiple sectors and multiple scales. You will be responsible for watershed scale modeling of natural and engineered water system and you will integrate work with other sector teams modeling land-use/land-cover change, population dynamics, electric power dispatch and agent based modeling. Additionally, integration will be sought to integrate watershed scale analyses with modeling at the water basin, regional, national and global scales.

The position will be located in Albuquerque, New Mexico and there will be opportunities to collaborate with a wide range of partners, including researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NCAR, Lehigh University and others. You will be expected to demonstrate technical leadership and publish extraordinary new developments in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Conduct numerical experiments to investigate the impact of a changing climate and economy on operations of our nation’s water supply infrastructure;
  • Integrate results across multiple interacting infrastructure systems and across different scales of analysis;
  • Explore adaptive measures for these coupled systems thereby improving the resilience and sustainability of critical lifeline infrastructures;
  • Conceive, configure, model, and test alternative model coupling strategies;
  • Publish original research in top-tier journals and conference proceeding;
  • Interact and collaborate with a diverse set of colleagues;
  • Deliver results and report findings to co-workers and customers;
  • Develop and pursue new opportunities in areas that support Sandia mission activities.

Qualifications We Require

  • PhD in Hydrology, Civil Engineering or related field;
  • Expertise with surface hydrology modeling; specifically, simulating the impact of climate on runoff, evapotranspiration and groundwater recharge;
  • Expertise with reservoir/river routing modeling, evaluating the impacts of various forcings on deliveries to key water users;
  • Strong publication record demonstrated through journal and conference publications.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with computer programming languages (e.g. Fortran 2003, Python, and C++);
  • Experience constructing and operating the Variable Infiltration Capacity model or similar code;
  • Experience constructing and operating RiverWare or equivalent model;
  • Ability to work across disciplines, and to take on problems in a highly collaborative environment;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills as needed to work successfully in a team environment;
  • Experience building positive relationships with students, customers, and technical staff;
  • Experience with data analysis using tools such as MATLAB, R, or Python.

Position Information

This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment.

Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

About Our Team

The Energy Water System Integration department works at the intersection of the coupled human (engineered systems) and natural systems to support the security of the nation¿s energy water systems. We do this through data modeling and analysis, geo-spatial analysis, hydrology and hydrogeology modeling, climate impact assessments to energy water systems at the watershed scale, risk assessments, and decision support tools.

About Sandia

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
  • Extraordinary co-workers
  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
  • Flexible schedules, generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*